10 Reasons Why Physical Therapy is Good for You

Moving well is the key to living a healthy, active, and independent lifestyle. Physical therapy helps people of all ages and ability levels restore, regain, and recover movement capabilities. 

Physical therapists can identify, diagnose, and treat movement problems. As movement experts, physical therapists help people improve movement and physical function, manage pain and chronic conditions, and recover from and prevent injuries.

Through hands-on care, patient education, and prescribed movement, physical therapists can help you optimize your movement and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Here are 10 reasons why physical therapy is beneficial.

Maximize your movement.

If you are experiencing pain while sitting, standing, walking, moving, or sleeping, physical therapy can help. Physical therapists can develop a plan of care to restore your regular function and help you live a happier, independent life.

Minimizes or reduces pain. 

Living with acute or chronic joint or muscle pain can be unbearable. Wouldn’t it be good to reduce or eliminate the need for pain medications? Physical therapy involves a variety of techniques and treatments that help relieve pain and restore muscle and joint function. Manual therapy may include joint and soft tissue mobilization to increase circulation. Exercise and movement training reinforce healthy movement patterns.

Reduces Injury.

With a combination of stretching and movement techniques, a structured, customized exercise education program will help reduce injury and prevent future injuries. Regular movement and exercise allow you to participate in the activities you enjoy—without the risk of pain or injury.

Regain Stability.

For those living with Ehlers-Danlos (hEDS) or hypermobility syndrome (HMS), you may experience pain, sprains, joint and ligament injuries, loose joints, and dislocations. Physical therapy may include gentle mobilizations, re-education and behavior modifications, and therapeutic exercise programs that focus on strengthening and endurance building to improve postural support.

Avoid Surgery. 

In many cases, physical therapy may be used as an alternative to surgery. Following a physical therapy plan of care can help you eliminate pain, promote healing, and improve strength and flexibility. After treatment, surgery may not be needed. By avoiding surgery, health care costs are reduced and as well as recovery time. 

Improves Performance. 

Quality of movement matters in activities of daily life (ADLs) and sports performance. The repetitive nature of many activities including walking, running, cycling, racquet sports, basketball, baseball, and golf may cause undue stress on your muscles and joints. Your physical therapist will monitor your movement patterns and optimize your biomechanics to increase range of motion, improve endurance, reduce pain, and minimize the risk of injury.

Improves your balance, gait, and prevents falls. 

If you have difficulty walking, have reduced joint mobility, or have fallen, physical therapy can help you improve your balance and your gait so you can walk with ease. Your physical therapist can help treat your balance problems by identifying the causes and designing an individual treatment program to help improve your strength, stability, and mobility. 

Improves Posture.

Do you experience neck, back, shoulder, or hip pain while sitting, standing, or sleeping? To combat the dangers of sitting and improper standing, your physical therapist can provide treatments and exercises to strengthen muscles, improve joint motion, and reinforce healthy postural alignment. Good posture can also improve your balance.

Helps Diabetes and Heart disease.

Do you have diabetes or heart disease? Becoming more active can help lower your blood sugar levels. Physical therapy can help people with diabetes take part in safe, effective exercise programs. Your physical therapist can also teach you how to protect painful areas to make them less sensitive to diabetic nerve pain (neuropathy).

To prevent heart disease and heart failure, it is important to be physically active, exercise, and choose healthy habits. Your physical therapy treatment plan will include a personalized exercise program and prescribed movement to improve your strength and endurance. 

Manage age-related issues.

As you age, you may develop arthritis in your knees, hips, or spine. Physical therapy helps aging patients manage arthritic conditions or recover from joint replacement surgeries. Seek guidance from a physical therapist for proper movement techniques and muscle strengthening to help lessen joint strain and prolong joint health.

INVIVO Wellness offers a whole-body approach to physical therapy meeting the needs of all age groups. Our therapists specialize in evaluating and treating disorders of the joints, muscles, fascia, and nerves that prevent normal movement, cause pain, and limit an active lifestyle.

Treatment plans may include hands-on manual therapies of joint and spine mobilizations/manipulations, massage and stretching techniques, electrical stimulation, therapeutic exercise programs, and self-management recommendations.

Ensure you can enjoy the benefits of an active, pain-free lifestyle. Schedule an evaluation appointment with INVIVO Wellness physical therapy today. Our physical therapists also offer a complimentary screening to see if physical therapy is the best option for you.